Andy Richter is a famous American actor, comedian, writer, and talk show announcer. He is best known for being the sidekick of Conan O’Brien on his late-night talk shows Late Night and The Tonight Show on NBC and Conan on TBS. He also starred in his sitcoms Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Andy Barker, P.I. He voiced several animated characters, such as Mort in the Madagascar film franchise and Ben Higgenbottom in The Mighty B!
Early Life and Education
Andy Richter was born on October 28, 1966, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Glenda Swanson (née Palmer), a kitchen cabinet designer, and Laurence R. Richter, who taught Russian at Indiana University for over 32 years. He has three siblings: a brother named Aaron and two sisters named Lauren and Alissa. His parents divorced when he was four years old, and his father later came out as bisexual. He is of Swedish-German descent.
Richter grew up in Yorkville, Illinois, where he attended Yorkville High School and was elected Prom King in 1984. He then enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign but dropped out after two years to pursue a comedy career. He moved to Chicago and studied film at Columbia College Chicago, where he learned the basics of comedic acting and writing by starring in numerous student films and videos. He also joined improv groups such as Improv Olympic, The Comedy Underground, and the Annoyance Theatre.
Andy Richter Net Worth
Richter has an estimated net worth of $15 million as of 2023.
Richter‘s first break came in 1991 when he was cast as Mike Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch, a stage show that recreated classic sitcom episodes with live actors. The show hit Chicago and New York and attracted the attention of Saturday Night Live producers, who hired two of Richter’s co-stars, Beth Cahill and Melanie Hutsell. Richter also auditioned for SNL but was rejected. However, he met Conan O’Brien, who was then a writer for SNL, and they became friends.
In 1993, O’Brien was chosen to host Late Night with Conan O’Brien, a new talk show on NBC that replaced David Letterman’s slot. O’Brien asked Richter to be his sidekick and announcer on the show, and Richter accepted. The duo quickly became famous for their witty banter, absurd sketches, and hilarious interviews with celebrities. Richter also wrote for the show and appeared in many segments, such as In the Year 2000, Celebrity Secrets, and Andy’s Little Sister. Richter stayed on Late Night until 2000 when he left to pursue other projects.
Richter then starred in his sitcom Andy Richter Controls the Universe, which aired on Fox from 2002 to 2003. The show was a critical success but a ratings failure and was canceled after two seasons. Richter also appeared in movies such as Scary Movie 2, Elf, Madagascar, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, Aliens in the Attic, and Funny People. He also guest-starred on many TV shows such as Arrested Development, Monk, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Chuck, 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad!, Love Victor, Fantasy Island and more.
In 2007, Richter created another sitcom, Andy Barker, P.I., which aired on NBC for six episodes. The show featured Richter as an accountant who accidentally became a private investigator. The show also starred Tony Hale, Clea Lewis, Harve Presnell, and Marshall Manesh. The show received positive reviews but low ratings and was canceled soon after its debut.
In 2009, O’Brien moved to host The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, the flagship late-night talk show on NBC that replaced Jay Leno’s slot. O’Brien invited Richter to join him again as his sidekick and announcer, and Richter agreed. The duo resumed their chemistry and humor on the new show but faced stiff competition from Leno, who returned to host a new primetime show on NBC. The ratings war between O’Brien and Leno led to a controversial decision by NBC to move O’Brien’s show to a later time slot and restore Leno’s show to its original slot. O’Brien refused to accept the change and left NBC in January 2010 after a brief but memorable run.
Later that year, O’Brien launched a new talk show called Conan on TBS, a cable network. Richter followed him once again as his sidekick and announcer and became the show’s executive producer. The duo continued to entertain their loyal fans with their unique style of comedy and interviews. The show ran for 11 seasons and ended in June 2021.
Andy Richter Age & Height
Andy Richter is an American actor, comedian, writer, and talk show announcer who is best known for being the sidekick of Conan O’Brien on various talk shows. He was born on October 28, 1966, and is 56 years old today. His height is 1.85 meters (6 feet 1 inch), and his weight is 98 kilograms (216 pounds)
Andy Richter Personal Life and Net Worth
Richter married Sarah Thyre, an actress and writer, in 1994. They met at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago and worked together on The Real Live Brady Bunch and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. They have two children: a son named William Oscar and a daughter named Mercy Josephine. They also adopted a black Labrador retriever named Daisy. The couple announced their separation in April 2019 and finalized their divorce in August 2019.
In 2023, Richter married Jennifer Herrera, a publicist and producer. They met through mutual friends and dated for a year before tying the knot.
Richter avidly supports various causes such as animal rights, environmentalism, LGBTQ+ rights, and mental health awareness. He also enjoys video games, comic books, and Star Wars.